Frequently Asked Questions
What is this place?
We are a creative reuse center. We take in donations of things that
businesses and folks don't want any more. Then we clean all those things up
and offer them for sale. We also offer lots of cool classes, host art shows,
parties and events.
Who would want all of this stuff?
More people than you can imagine. There is no limit to the creativity in the arts
and crafting communities, and that creativity is fueled by ready access to high
quality materials in sufficient quantity and at great prices. And, until the artists
and materials find each other at the Texas Art Asylum, we are happy to clear
them out of your way.
Where is your store/donation center?
We are conveniently located in the EaDo area, just east of downtown, at 1719
Live Oak, Houston, Texas 77003.
How does this work?
Well, it's just like any other store, except everything we offer for sale has a
past! In the long, skinny part of the store, everything is priced as marked.
In the big room, most items are priced by the pound -- $8/pound, that is -- with
a one pound minimum. This includes cool stuff like art supplies, craft supplies,
yarn, notions and post cards.
Want to feel like Richie Rich? Take home some jewelry and beads for
Loose paper -- scrapbooking, construction and copy paper -- is $3/pound. So
is stained glass!
There is a scale in the middle of the photo section if you want to check pricing
as you shop. Final weight is determined at the register.
Items not priced by the pound are things like:
Cabinet cards and other exquisite ephemera
Fabric, which is $2/yard
Books are $1 each, or priced as marked
House paint and spray paint, which is priced as marked
Other stupidly heavy things like rocks, bricks, some books, uranium, etc.
Can I sell you/trade some of my junk for some of your junk?
Sadly, no. We need to pay the rent, and our landlord doesn't accept junk yet.
I see the price you have on here. Will you take less?
Nope. We're not hagglers.
Can I get a discount if I buy all of one thing?
Nope. We're not hagglers.
Can I get a "box price" for all this stuff I picked out?
Sure! Just kidding... Nope. We're not hagglers.
Can I get a refund for my class registration? I signed up, but now I can't
Because our class sizes are limited and we have to guarantee a certain number
to our teachers, registrations are non-refundable. With seven days notice, we
can transfer your registration to a future class. If you have a last minute conflict,
you may transfer your registration to a friend and let that person attend in your
Who are the old people in that picture?
That's my great grandfather, Papa Metz, looking very, very happy, while his
poor second wife is looking much less happy. In addition to being named
Fannie, she had plenty more to be unhappy about.